Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Last Week's Sewing
Here's what I was up to this past week:
I finally finished the top for my Block-a-Palooza quilt. Really, all I had to do was some seam ripping, sashing, and adding a border.
I'm really happy that I got it done. As I've mentioned before on this quilt along journey, I'm not a huge fan of the way samplers look. But I had so much fun making each of these blocks, concentrating on the colors and different shapes and pieces (just like making the bee blocks). They are far from perfect (and I know the sashing is a bit odd...), but even with the flaws I am really happy looking at them, especially the blocks with a ton of pieces!
I also whipped up some burp cloths for my new niece, whom we met on Sunday. I used this pattern for contoured burp cloths from Cloud 9 Fabrics but I used quilter cotton and t-shirt jersey as Rae suggested in her burp cloth tutorial.
I really like how they turned out. I have previously made some from Joann's flannel and cloth diapers and they got really pill-y. I made some out of LQS flannel, but I'm not sure how they have faired. Hopefully, these ones will hold up a little better and be just as absorbent.
The contour really does help it stay on your shoulder.
And they're so cute! Cute enough to puke on!
I also started a new quilting project (finally!).
I've had this one in my design book for a while. I have about 220 blocks so far and I'd like to have a hundred more. But we shall see if I get that far.
I've also fallen in love with starch. I don't know if it's kosher in the quilting world, but it is really helpful when working with these blocks that are cut on the bias. I'm also re-pressing hundreds of seams on some 3" half square triangle blocks that have been languishing and the starch has been awesome.
I tried to use these blocks as leaders and enders, but I had some seam bulk problems, so I thought it would be better to have the seams pressed open. They are destined to become a low-intensity fat geese quilt.
But this is an ongoing re-pressing project, as I have two salad bins full of squares to re-press!